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Ahh, summer!  Days are filled with sights of lemonade stands, poolside chatter, and the opportunity to capture some much deserved rest and rejuvenation.  Above all, summer is for memory making!  Whether your plans take you across town or across the country, mobile technology can be a best friend to freeze…

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ThingLink continues to be my top app pick for both student explanation of learning and teacher created content. It works in a BYOD, iPad, Chromebook, or laptop environment, and is an excellent suggestion for creating student products outside of the classroom. It’s quick, easy, and user friendly. Create classes, add students, and manage their accounts with a ThingLink Teacher account, or have your students over the age of 13 create their own free accounts. 

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Well, it’s that time of year again, the summer is winding down and school is back in session. Students are boarding the buses and spending their days in the classroom. Before long the homework will pick up, the assignments will get a little more rigorous, and the school projects will…

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By now, it’s practically impossible to make it through the day without encountering a QR code.  Whether on a restaurant menu, a box of cereal, or embedded in a blog (yep, like the one you’re reading right now!), QR codes provide instant accessibility to content.  So, how can we use…

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There are so many interactive and engaging apps available to teachers today. With one search of a button you can find yourself surrounded with hundreds of apps on any given topic. So as a teacher, I asked myself this question: With all these great resources, why should I limit my students to only using one app at a time?

I’ve found one of the most beneficial uses of apps in the classroom forms when you begin giving students choice over which apps to use and promoting the smashing of multiple apps to create one product. In my classroom I saw  increased student engagement and greater retention of learning when I introduced my students to this process, referred to as App Smashing.

Now, I know what you’re thinking “Use more than one app at a time? Yeah right, I just figured out how ONE app works, how am I supposed to use it in conjunction with three or four others?”  The answer? YOU aren’t. THEY are.

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